Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rocky Mountains

Monday we left South Dakota and headed to Loveland, Colorado. We wanted to check out Rocky Mountains National Park. We got to Riverview RV Park, which is about 20 or so miles from the Park. We got a nice site overlooking the river. There is a deck which is over the Big Thompson River and I spend some time sitting and reading and just enjoying the sound and sight of the river. Very peaceful.

Tuesday we headed to the National Park, first going through Estes Park.

We loved the awesome Canadian Rockies and the Rockies here is the states aren't too shabby either. The park holds 72 named peaks above 12,000 feet of elevation. Longs Peak is 14,259 feet. More beautiful views to take in We took a drive on the Old Fall River Road, an one way road with switch backs and lovely scenery

We drove onto the Fall River Pass and stopped at the Alpine Visitor Center. What a change of weather. Time to put on our jackets. Nearly one third of the park is above treeline , 11,400 feet of elevation, the limit above which conditions are too harsh for trees to grow.

          We drove down the two way road from the Alpine Visitor Center enjoying more great views.
We headed back a different route on Devils Gulch Road up through the small town of Glen Haven and back towards our campground. The next few days saw lots of rain. One night it rained, with thunder and lightning,  all through the night. We were going to leave Wednesday or Thursday but Walmart screwed up and didn't fill one of Joe's prescriptions and so we won't be leaving until Friday.                                                    

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